ve|ry1 W1S1 [ˈveri] adv
1.) [+ adjective/adverb]
used to emphasize an adjective, adverb, or phrase
It feels very cold today.
The fishing industry is very important to the area.
The traffic's moving very slowly this morning.
problems that are very similar to mine
I feel a lot better - thank you very much .
I'm very, very (=used for emphasis) pleased you can come.
It's very kind of you to help.
My sister and I were married on the very same (=exactly the same) day.
the very best/latest/worst etc
We only use the very best ingredients.
2.) not very good/happy/far etc
a) not good etc at all
I'm just not very good at spelling.
The garden's not very big, is it?
The assistant wasn't very helpful.
'Was the talk interesting?' 'Not very (=only slightly) .'
3.) your very own
used to emphasize the fact that something belongs to one particular person and to no one else
She was thrilled at the idea of having her very own toys to play with.
of your very own
At last, a home of her very own.
4.) informal used with adjectives to say that the quality something has is very noticeable or typical
It was a very male reaction, I thought.
His films are always very French.
5.) very much so
spoken used to emphasize your agreement or approval
'Are you serious?' 'Very much so.'
6.) very well
old-fashioned spoken used to agree to something
very 2
very2 W1S2 adj [only before noun]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: verai, from Latin verax 'truthful', from verus 'true']
used to emphasize that you are talking exactly about one particular thing or person
He died in this very room.
I'll start at the very beginning.
Those were his very words.
You'd better start doing some work this very minute (=now, not later) .
That might provoke a riot, the very thing he was trying to avoid.
The very fact that you are reading this book suggests you want to improve your fitness.
By its very nature , capitalism involves exploitation of the worker.
His life's work was being destroyed before his very eyes (=directly in front of him) .
the very thought/idea/mention (of sth)
(=just thinking about or suggesting something)
The very thought of food made me feel ill.
The very mention of his name excited her.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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